Crafted to Perfection The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery
Author: Sheila Hoffman
Publisher/Date: Rockwell Museum of Western Art (2007) Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 192 pages, index. Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Profusely iIllustrated in color.
Description: Native American pottery by the finest contemporary and historical artists of the Southwest. From early works by famed matriarchs of the craft to cutting-edge pottery by its most contemporary disciples, the collection is a testament to both the creativity of generations of potters and to the impeccable taste and passion of its collectors. These are vessels born of Native earth, crafted in fire, and displayed for both their historic importance as well as their artistic beauty. It truly is a collection that has been crafted to perfection.
The exhibit explores three major themes. The first theme, The Great Mothers, looks at the rebirth of Native pottery in the southwest. This theme sets the stage for the explosion of skillfully crafted pottery that follows in the 20th and 21st century. The second theme, Keepers of Tradition, details those potters whose works are informed by those who have come before. The Keepers of Tradition care for, and pass on, important stories about Native cultures, and serve as sign posts for the generations that follow. The third theme, Artists Without Reservation, explores those artist who build on tradition but are not bound by it. It is their tie to a 2,000 year tradition that grounds these artists, and makes their pots so intriguing.